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The review from 9-27-08 is for "Invisible Agent," not this movie.
- Dan Grissom
This 1940 release is the sequel to the 1933 original and holds up very well as sequels go. A 29-year old Vincent Price plays the title character and the special effects are top-notch. The story is well written, the atmosphere is great and Sir Cedric Hardwicke turns in a very convincing performance...four stars!
The Invisible Man Returns
- Ray Marlitz
"Scientist Uses Formula to Save Brother"
Wrong Agent Was Invisible
- Carl T
Frank Raymond (Jon Hall), grandson of the original Invisible Man, still has the old family formula but won't allow anyone to use it, even though World War II is looming on the horizon. After an unfriendly visit by Axis agents (Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Peter Lorre) and the attack on Pearl Harbor, Raymond changes his mind. He offers the Allies the invisibility formula but insists that no one uses it but him. After all, the drug is "dangerous." Allied Command somehow agrees to go along with this dumb idea. Apparently, it never occurred to them that if something happen to Raymond they might be denied further use of the drug?Raymond becomes a phantom commando with a heavy foot for Nazi rears. He parachutes into Germany (an amusing scene) and is supposed to meet with a couple of agents and steal vital information. Instead, Raymond spends time wooing the beautiful German double agent he's assigned to work with (Ilona Massey) and playing puerile pranks on an overweight Nazi with an undersized brain. Ultimately, Raymond saves the day by thwarting a far-fetched plot to attack New York.Despite its faults, this was probably just the ticket for uplifting the morale of American audiences during the dark, early days of WWII. Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Peter Lorre steal the movie as a Gestapo official and Japanese spymaster, respectively. Their performances are much better than this lighthearted film deserves. I laughed most over Raymond's confrontation with and escape from Hardwicke and his mindless minions at Gestapo headquarters. Still, it bothered me that Ms. Massey's character wasn't selected to become to become the Invisible Agent (over Raymond's objections). She was well placed, already trained as a spy, and highly motivated. She knew the right people, who had access to the right information, and demonstrated cool under fire. Most important of all, she was a lot smarter than Raymond. If she was invisible, I'm sure the war in Europe would have ended much sooner!
An invisible man sequel worth seeing
- Carl T
It took Universal Studios seven years to produce this sequel to The Invisible Man, but in some regards, it was worth the wait. Geoffrey Radcliffe (Vincent Price) is an innocent man condemned to death for a murder he didn't commit. At the last minute, Radcliffe's gal pal, Helen (Nan Grey), and the friendly mad doctor, Frank Griffin (John Sutton), decide the only way to save Radcliffe is by injecting him with the invisibility serum invented by Frank's brother--Jack. Radcliffe's invisibility enables him to escape the gallows and easily elude the police led by the wily Inspector Sampson (Cecil Kelloway). Radcliffe figures out the identity of the murderer but his behavior soon borders on madness, unsettling Dr. Griffin and Helen. Should they continue to aid Radcliffe or rat him out to the constabulary? Will Radcliffe remain sane long enough to clear his name or will the law have to gun him down like his phantom predecessor, Jack Griffin? This is a real rarity among sequels in that it is nearly as good as the original. It's one of my favorites in this genre. The story moves along briskly, features some intriguing scenes, and offers some occasional humor. The acting is solid. The special effects though primitive by today's standards are still effective. That doesn't mean it is without it share of faults. Chief among them is why they didn't inject Radcliffe earlier instead of waiting till the day of his execution? Or better yet, inject Helen, so she might solve the crime. Speaking of solving the crime, Radcliffe uncovers the real murderer's identity much too easily. Still, I would love to see Universal Studios remake this someday with a woman as the unseen protagonist/fugitive-Thandie Newton would be my choice. But, knowing Universal Studios, I probably couldn't get that lucky.